Guto Dafis
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Toreth discarded the rule-book with a bone-rattling set - The Irish Times


... class … unexpected twists, …some delicious calliope-like squeezebox effects - Musician magazine


Leur musique et leurs voix, … sont dynamiques ou intimistes suivant les mélodies proposées, passant dans leurs chansons de l’humour caustique à la mélancolie romantique. Un petit bonheur qui passe, simple, émouvant, et qu’il faut saisir - Trad Magazine


fire and oomph, rings and echoes, their vocals, earthy and resonant - fRoots


Guto's vocals have real depth and quality - Living Tradition magazine


An engaging character telling the stories behind the songs he sings … - www.soundsnew.com


great aplomb and immaculate phrasing - Fflach


la voix profonde et de haute qualite de Guto Dafis vous charme et vous captive - Festival de Cornouaille website


Guto Dafis is a storyteller, singer, expressive melodeon player and one of the new breed of exciting and imaginative musicians now working in Wales. Strong supple and vigorous, he performs with rare wryness and warmth. The tradition is safe in hands like these. - TASC (Traditional Arts Support in the Community)


Discography

Neidr
Self-produced
2013
Guto Dafis melodeon & voice

Toreth
fflach:tradd CD265H
2003
Guto Dafis melodeon & vocals, with Gareth Westacott fiddle
www.fflach.co.uk

Compilations:

Levitation: A South Wales Tribute to Jon Langford
Country Mile Records CMR002
2008
Melodeon & voice on one track, organ and backing vocals on one other
www.countrymile.org

Blas
fflach:tradd CD282H
2004
A fflach:tradd compilation
Two tracks from Toreth album

Megin: traditional accordion and concertina music from Wales & the Marches
fflach:tradd CD212H
1999
Guto Dafis contributes four tracks

Contributions to other artists’ recordings:

Charlotte Greig: Dr Freud’s Cabaret
To be released in June 2013
Melodeon throughout

Jon Langford: Skull Orchard Revisited
Verse Chorus Press / Bloodshot Records BS 706
2010
Melodeon and backing vocals on one track
http://www.bloodshotrecords.com/album/skull-orchard-revisted

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Bio

Guto Dafis sings songs with warmth, sincerity and dry humour. He accompanies himself in distinctive style on the melodeon. He is also a storyteller, and his storytelling skills and attitude show in the way he puts a song across. His material grows from his musical background and personal landscape – a mix of traditional songs in Welsh, and songs in English by Welsh songwriters.

The early 2000s saw him tour Britain, Ireland, Brittany and Estonia with melodeon / violin duo Toreth. Recent performances, whether solo, or accompanied by guitarist Danny KilBride, have been smaller-scale and closer to home, a treasure shared.